A History of Disses at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, From ‘You’re So Vain’ to ‘Like That’

It has been a fiery start to 2024 atop the Billboard charts. Barely a month after Megan Thee Stallion’s incendiary “Hiss” rattled its way to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, Future, Metro Boomin and Kendrick Lamar‘s “Like That” becomes the latest missive to burn up the chart.

“Like That” debuts atop the listing this week, with the highest single-week stream mark of 2024 thus far — thanks, in large part, to the social media cyclone kicked up by Lamar’s guest verse on the track. During his appearance, the rap superstar takes thinly veiled shots at the two other icons of 2010s hip-hop most frequently mentioned in conversation as his peers (Drake and J. Cole) by dismissing any talk of a “Big Three” and proclaiming, “it’s just Big Me.” The toughest-talking bars are saved for Drake in particular, with Lamar taking aim at his pup-themed latest LP: “‘Fore all your dogs gettin’ buried/ That’s a K with all these nines, he gon’ see Pet Sematary.”

“Like That” might very well be a new standard-setter for virulence atop the Hot 100, but it’s far from the first dis track to lay claim to the chart’s apex. Going back to the ’70s, hit singles have blazed a path to No. 1 by scorching the earth below them, with their IRL lyrical targets ranging from industry rivals to dishonest politicians to (of course) scheming exes. Here is a quick history of disses — a distory, if you will — at the top of Billboard‘s signature songs chart.

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